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MINI rocks sonoro Internet radio
Mini fans get to enjoy their favorite car's badge inside the house with the new MINI Rocks Sonoro Elements W Internet radio. In a cross-promotional design move, Sonoro Audio worked with Mini to develop this special edition of its Elements W Internet radio, showing it off today at the Maison & Objet furniture and design trade show in Paris.
The all new MINI rocks Sonoro Limited Edition Internet Radio comes in an astonishing wood casing and comes coated with exquisite Eclipse Grey metallic exterior lacquerer from MINI along with the original MINI bonnet stripes.This incredible comes with an energy-saving OLED display, that has been provided with light dim controls and thus depicts clear display regardless of day or night. The MINI rocks Sonoro Limited Edition Internet Radio operates on wireless Internet (wifi) or LAN and streams more than 18,000 Webradio stations, thereby enabling the users to select their very own choice of station, depending upon their preference for genre or country. This device has also been given various unique features including, alarm clock, sleep and snooze functions, Radio Frequency remote control and eDock external iPod docking station with charging function, as well the device can be easily connected to an external audio system or a computer via a Line Out cable.
The MINI rocks sonoro Internet radio price is 499.00 EUR and it will go on sale from late September 2010 at MINI Cooper and sonoro dealers.MINI rocks sonoro Internet radioMINI rocks sonoro Internet radio SystemMINI rocks sonoro Internet radio SystemMINI rocks sonoro Internet radioMINI rocks sonoro Internet radioMINI rocks sonoro Internet radio SystemPress Release
MINI has been working closely with German manufacturer of design audio products sonoro audio. The two brands synonymous with outstanding design and state-of-the-art technology enjoy massive popularity among the post-modern target group. The result of the cooperation is an Internet radio that combines urban chic with a boundless musical experience – a wonder of multi-functionality and a design hit in one. True to the MINI “Creative Use of Space” philosophy the radio packs a host of functions into one very small unit. Whether your favourite sound is New Orleans jazz, Jamaican reggae or Brazilian bossa nova, the"MINI rocks sonoro" limited edition of the"elements W" Internet radio brings original sounds from all over the world directly into your living room, bedroom, office or kitchen. The result is a feast of global music in every corner of your home. The unit also comes with four preset MINI SOUNDS Webradio channels.Exceptional design The unique design of the MINI rocks sonoro Internet radio makes it something of a collector’s piece. The distinctive wood casing is finished in the brand new Eclipse Grey metallic exterior lacquerer from MINI, complete with original MINI bonnet stripes. The acrylic front panel features controls in brushed aluminium and the golden, energy-saving OLED display is dimmable and easy to read in daylight or at night. The limited edition Internet radio is a must-have for all design-conscious MINI fans and trendsetters.A peerless wonder of multi-functionality The MINI rocks sonoro limited edition of the elements W Internet radio receives over 18,000 Webradio stations via WiFi or LAN. Users can search and select their favourite music easily by genre or country. The design radio also boasts a media player function to stream music libraries direct from a computer and can be connected via line out to an external audio system. The alarm clock, sleep and snooze functions, Radio Frequency remote control and eDock external iPod® docking station with charging function are easy to use and open up exciting new dimensions in an audio lifestyle. The integrated digital equalizer, solid wood casing, bass reflex tube and 3-inch full range speaker ensure a powerful, well-rounded sound.MINI SOUNDS: Webradio channels from MINI For all fans of good music, MINI broadcasts on four new Webradio channels. MINI SPACE provides a prime selection of alternative tracks not common in the mainstream. MINI UNITED mixes chart-topping hits with some timeless classics thrown in. MINI INTERNATIONAL offers lounge music from around the world with chillaxing beats to transport you to a calmer place. And MINI CROSS satisfies the musical appetite of hard rock fans everywhere. The four channels come as presets in the MINI rocks sonoro limited edition of the elements W Internet radio. For more information go toFord has announced prices for the new five-seat C-MAX and seven seat Grand C-MAX. The simplified range comprises two trim levels and five engines with prices starting at £16,745. The model goes on sale in the UK in October and previews some features of the 2011 Focus.
Both the Ford C-MAX and the Ford Grand C-MAX will be available in two trim levels, Zetec and Titanium, and with a 1.6-litre TDCi engine developing 125PS. The Ford C-MAX is equipped with five seats while its larger brother, the Grand C-MAX offers seven seats and twin sliding doors. Apart from the engine mentioned above, the new Ford C-MAX will also offer a choice between three petrol and one diesel additional engines.
The two trim levels are Zetec and Titanium. All models come with alloy wheels, air conditioning and a Thatcham category one alarm. The Grand C-MAX also has powered child locks for its sliding rear doors and rear parking sensors. The higher specification Titanium model adds automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control and keyless start.
The five-seater C-Max kicks off at £16,745 for the C-Max 1.6 TI-VCT which offers 104bhp from its petrol lump and comes equipped with alloys, AirCon, DAB radio and Bluetooth. Top of the tree will be the Grand C-Max 2.0 TDCi (Powershift Auto) Titanium at £23,245.Ford C MAXFord C MAXFord C MAXFord C MAX2010 Ford C MAXFord C MAX2010 Ford C MAXFord C MAXFord C MAXFord C MAXFord C MAXFord C MAXFord C MAX2010 Ford C MAXPress Release
Ford's all-new C-MAX will go on sale in the UK in October, priced from £16,745.
Both the sporty but spacious five-seater and the Grand, a versatile seven-seater, come with a simplified two-series line-up – Zetec and Titanium. Prices start from £16,745 for the C-MAX Zetec and £18,745 for the C-MAX Grand Zetec.
With almost two-thirds of UK buyers in this segment now seeking seven-seat flexibility, the Ford Grand C-MAX becomes the spiritual successor to today's model, which was also designed to maximise practicality. Priced from £18,745 for the 1.6-litre petrol 125PS Zetec, the Grand offers family-friendly flexibility, with the extra utility of twin sliding doors, versatile seating and improved engine efficiency - and all for just a £250 premium over today's model.
The Grand Zetec with 115PS 1.6-litre TDCi, the anticipated volume seller in the UK, is priced at £19,745 - £750 less than the outgoing equivalent.
The five-seat model will appeal to customers seeking more space than a regular family hatchback, but who do not want to sacrifice sporty design or driving dynamics. On the road prices start from £16,745 for the 1.6-litre petrol Zetec.
Mark Simpson, marketing director, Ford of Britain said:"When C-MAX was launched in 2003 it preserved all the brand's most important qualities including style, comfort and driving quality, but added more flexibility and space to the Focus package."
"Since then the market has expanded quite considerably with customers expressing a variety of needs. These are met with the family-friendly seven-seater and the sporty-but-spacious five-seater. The new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX are priced to offer customers best value for money whilst still introducing many exciting new technologies which will feature on the all-new Focus due next year," he said.
Standard equipment on all models includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, Thatcham category one alarm, DAB radio/CD and Bluetooth with USB connectivity and voice control. Grand C-MAX has powered child-proof locks on the rear dual sliding doors, and rear parking sensors.
The Titanium trim supplements these features with auto front wipers and headlamps, dual electronic automatic temperature control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, hill launch assist, keyless start, cruise control with speed limiter, premium Sony audio, and tyre deflation detection system. The Grand C-MAX Titanium also has power folding mirrors.
Customers will be offered a choice of three petrol engines and two diesel engines. Making its debut in the Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX is the all-new four-cylinder 1.6-litre 150PS Ford EcoBoost engine which comes with a new six-speed manual gearbox. This gearbox also accompanies the 1.6 TDCi and 2.0 TDCi powertrains, which are jointly projected to account for around 50 per cent of sales. For those preferring an automatic transmission, the dual-clutch Powershift six-speed automatic option is available with the 2.0 TDCi powertrain.
Powertrain and Pricing Overview
Engine PS CO2 Ford C-MAX 5-seat Ford Grand C-MAX 7-seat
Duratec Petrol 5-seat/7-seat Zetec Titanium Zetec Titanium
1.6 TI-VCT 105 154 £16,745 - - -
1.6 TI-VCT 125 154 / 159 - £18,745 £18,745 £19,995
1.6 Ecoboost 150 154 / 159 - £19,745 - £20,995
Duratorq Diesel
1.6 TDCi 115 119 / 129 £18,245 £19,745 £19,745 £20,995
2.0 TDCi 140 134 / 139 - £20,745 £20,745 £21,995
2.0 TDCi (Powershift Auto) 140 149 / 154 - £21,995 £21,995 £23,245